My husband won’t return to the hospital until late in the day. Can the session be done then?
We welcome any props you may have that add to the photo and help express your child’s personality. We want the real individual to shine through. Please discuss any specific thoughts and ideas with us before your session; we welcome your input!
Hospitals contracted with Bella Baby Photography are staffed with our professional photographers, on-site every day. Each new mother is offered a complimentary photo session that takes place right in her hospital room; parents and siblings are encouraged to participate to create a beautiful family experience.
How long is a session? Sessions can be booked for as short as 30 minutes or several hours (if doing a party or event). Each session is unique and we will work with you to ensure the appropriate amount of time is allocated.
Dress up or dress down. You should wear whatever represents you. We recommend staying away from clothing with text, characters or images. Jewelry/accessories are fine as long as they aren’t distracting. For a group photo try to coordinate your clothes, but not necessarily match.
Bella Life picks up where Bella Baby leaves off. We capture all those singular moments of your life; whether it’s preserving the memory of special occasions and milestone events or simply freezing that moment in time when your six year old loses his front tooth. Enjoy the ease of allowing your kids to be comfortable in their own setting by having Bella come to you. Our professional and highly trained photographers use a photojournalistic style, natural light, and a relaxed environment to reveal the essence of you and your family… real life… real pictures.
Newborn sessions should be scheduled within the first two weeks of life to truly capture that special time. Contact us before you are going to deliver so we are able to have a photographer ‘on-call’ and waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive. A content baby makes for the most beautiful photos so try to have your baby fed and changed. Life happens, so we certainly understand if we need to take a break for a feeding or changing! The same principles apply to older kids (and adults!); well fed and rested is always best.
One of Bella Life’s most popular options is our Milestone Package. The Milestone Package features four sessions at a discounted rate in your home or at a local park that can be used within two years of purchase. Generally people with young children purchase this package, for that is when you see the most noticeable changes in the photos; the most common timing is for 3/6/9/12 months.
Bella Baby is the face of hospital baby portraiture. We bring experienced, professional photographers into the hospitals to capture your baby’s first photograph with a natural, artistic style. We believe that babies look the most beautiful when being held in their parents’ arms or cuddled in one of their own baby blankets. Bella Baby captures this beauty by using only “real things”…natural window light, professional photographers and professional grade SLR digital cameras.
Bella Life also offers semi-annual “Pictures in the Park” events – condensed sessions at local parks that allow clients a quicker alternative to a traditional shoot. These sessions are very popular and fill up fast—so be sure to act quickly when dates are announced.
We love to include mom and dad’s hands in our photos. Wear clear or neutral nail polish on the day of your shoot. Distracting jewelry should be removed; your baby should be the focus of the photos.
We absolutely encourage you to bring a favorite baby blanket or afghan from home to use in the shoot. A beautiful blanket can add texture, color and memories to your newborn’s photos.
Newborns aren’t the only subject we love to photograph… we love to capture all of the milestones of family life. Using a photojournalistic style approach to photography, we capture your baby learning to stand, your 5-year old riding his bike with no training wheels, and your teenager’s last photograph before she becomes an adult. Go to our Bella Life section to view samples of these important family moments.
Yes, let your nurse know you are interested in Bella Baby pictures and sign the consent form. The session will be completed when the nurse tells us the baby is ready for pictures.
You do not need to make any special arrangements to your home for your photo shoot. Our photographers are experienced in capturing the best setting and can find suitable areas to photograph in every home.
Instant viewing of your photo session is made available with a custom online slide show posted to the Bella Baby website (protected with a unique password), thus enabling distant friends and family members the opportunity to share the experience. Online viewing and ordering is offered for two weeks to anyone you choose to share your password; immediate in-hospital purchasing is also available.
We typically photograph all babies on their first full day at the hospital. It is also possible for your shoot to take place on the day before discharge. Generally, we do not take photos on the day of discharge unless there is a medical reason for the delay.
We look forward to working with you and to capturing photographs that show the “real” beauty of your family.
Bring a dark-colored shirt to wear in the photos; we may photograph your baby in your arms and solid/dark colors look great in both color and black-and-white prints.
Bella Life has a variety of options and products. We offer CDs, traditional prints, totes, birth announcements and more. We have something to fit every need and budget. Give us a call for pricing in your area.
Your newborn photos are just the beginning. We’re there for all of life’s treasured moments.
We always encourage husbands and siblings to participate if they are available at the time of the shoot, but we may not be at the hospital late in the day. We will try to accomodate you as much as our schedule permits.
Bella Life photographers will come to your home (or setting of your choice) to document a truly genuine moment in your life. We offer maternity shoots, newborn sessions at home (so siblings can be involved and not have the pressure of being in a hospital setting), family celebrations, cake smash photos, graduation portraits (not the formal cap and gown sitting- capture who your graduate really is!), or just a simple family portrait session. We encourage client input and props—comfortable and relaxed subjects make the best photos! However, don’t worry if inspiration has run dry — our skilled photographers have a variety of creative ideas and poses to ensure the best possible experience.